Tragic, high-profile school shootings across the nation over the past
several years illustrate that the youth violence epidemic has broadened in
terms of age, geography, and sex to include all populations. The recent shootings
in Williamsport, Pa (involving teenaged females as both victim and assailant),
and Santee, Calif (involving a teenaged male assailant wounding or killing
a dozen teenagers), have again raised a number of issues concerning early
identification of violence risk factors and possible missed prevention opportunities.
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